The Road Ahead : April 2011
WWW.ROADAHEAD.COM.AU THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2011 4 contents 20 the rise and rise of laura geitz From schoolgirl netballer to Australian rep in a few short years. 24 soaking up the culture Add Buda with Pest and you have one of Europe's most eclectic cities. 28 tour de force Want to see Tasmania through the windscreen of a sporty car? Then this is for you ... 34 drive down memory lane The high country behind Cairns offers a refreshing day trip alternative. 40 safety in numbers A new strategy aims to reduce fatalities and injuries on Australian roads. 45 city slickers We compare four new light cars that punch well above their weight. 54 SPECIAL REPORT pain at the pump Think you're paying too much for petrol? You could be right ... 65 iphone app up and running RACQ makes the move into the mobile space. 67 missed opportunity Has the government jumped the gun in not reviewing pedestrian safety standards? EXEC. MANAGER, PUBLISHING Jim Mathers EDITOR Barry Green JOURNALISTS Belinda Peters Deb Eccleston GRAPHIC DESIGN Bonita Russo ENQUIRIES, CLASSIFIED ADS Jenie Maloney 07 3872 8653 DISPLAY ADVERTISING Kelley Wiseman 07 3872 8640 ADDRESS PO BOX 4, Springwood Queensland 4127 FAX 07 3257 1863 EMAIL firstname.lastname@example.org PUBLISHER The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd (ABN 72 009 716 465) CIRCULATION (CAB) 919,782 COPYRIGHT No part of this magazine may be reproduced without the publisher's written permission. CONTRIBUTORS The views expressed in The Road Ahead by external contributors and advertisers are not necessarily those of the RACQ. Additional magazine photos from thinkstock, tourism queensland. FREE TO RACQ MEMBERS road ahead THE TRAVEL LIFESTYLE MOTORING RACQ MEMBER ESSENTIALS + MORE autum n APR/MA Y 2011 racq .com WIN A HOLIDAY TO CAIRNS FOR TWO VALUED AT MORE THAN $4000 CITY SLICKERS WE COMPARE FOUR NEW LIGHT CARS SAFETY IN NUMBERS REDUCING ROAD FATALITIES RACQ'S SPECIAL REPORT PRICE PAIN AT THE PETROL PUMP HOLIDAY AT HOME QUEENSLAND -- BACK IN BUSINESS THE ROAD AHEAD APR/MAY 2011 Cover: Life's a beach in Queensland. Source: Thinkstock Photos. WWW.RACQ.COM.AU ADVERTISING: All advertisements in The Road Ahead are the responsibility of advertisers. Advertising is accepted on the understanding that it does not contravene the Trade Practices Act. Responsibility is not accepted by The Road Ahead Publishing Co Pty Ltd or the RACQ for statements made or the failure of any product or service to give satisfaction. Inclusion of an advertisement should not be construed as an endorsement by The Road Ahead or the RACQ. For the latest lifestyle, travel and motoring news, visit our website, www.roadahead.com.au. FEATURES 31 queensland: back in business There's never been a more important time to holiday at home.